Archive for December, 2013

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2014 will bring only good things.

There’s so much I’m looking forward to this year: the release of That Summer and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla in the summer; working on my new 1920’s stand alone novel this spring, and, gulp!, Jane’s book in the fall; trips to New Orleans and San Antonio for book events; new books to read… and, of course, all of the other twists and turns, good and bad, that I can’t even begin to anticipate yet. As with a good novel, there’s always some up and some down in any year. But right now it’s all shiny and new and full of promise, and the not knowing is half the fun.

What are your goals for 2014?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, December 27th, 2013

In between festivities, I’ve been kicking off my research for my next book by reading Paula Byrne’s Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead. (Hint: the stand alone that comes out in 2015 will be set in the heavy partying world of the Bright Young Things.)

I also received a haul of books in my stocking, promising much happy reading in the days to come: Jonathan Howard’s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, Julia Quinn’s latest, The Sum of All Kisses, Sherry Thomas’s The Luckiest Lady in London, and a non-fiction book, Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times, which is going to come in very handy for the next novel.

What have you been reading this week?

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The Pink Carnation gang and I wish you all a very happy holiday, filled with joy, cheer, and plenty of pudding. Merry, merry! And here’s to a wonderful 2014….

In the Ballroom….

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Two years ago, Turnip blundered his way into the Ballroom Blog, much to the consternation of Lady B, the proprietress of the ball.

For those of you who want a little more Turnip in your life, you can find his antics in the Ballroom here— as well as Miss Gwen’s irate observation that if The Secret History of the Pink Carnation had been about Turnip, it would have been called The All Too Obvious Tale of the Man With the Gaudy Waistcoat.

Oh, Turnip….

The Mistletoe Mix!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I’ve been a little bit behind updating the Pink Carnation Playlists here on the website. (I petered out around The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, although there’s a half-finished one for Blood Lily in a file on my computer somewhere.)

But, courtesy of Lorri, just in time for Christmas, we have… the Mistletoe Playlist!

Huge thanks to Lorri for putting this together. You can play the “Of Wallflowers and Vegetables” fan mix here (how much do I love that title?), or if you just want to check out the song list, you can find it here.

Which songs would you recommend for Turnip and Arabella?

The wonderful Lorri has also put together a mix for Mary and Vaughn… but I’ll save that one until after the holidays.

Merry, merry, all!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Usually, around this time of year, I wallow in seasonal stories. I embark on orgies of Christmas reading. This year, what with small person and book deadline, I’m a little off my usual schedule.

Since it’s already time to start researching for my next book, another 1920s-set stand alone, I decided to mingle work and pleasure and reward myself with a few days of Dorothy Sayers. So this week I read Unnatural Death, which is set right in the same year as my projected book, and the first two Harriet Vane mysteries, Strong Poison and Have His Carcase. And then it’s on to my pile of research books!

What have you been reading this week?

For those of you who have been more seasonally attuned this year, The Mischief of the Mistletoe is now on sale for only $3.79 on Kindle and $3.99 on Nook . (After the holidays, it pops back to $10.99.)

Happy reading!

It’s that time of year again….

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Time for the Scottish Sock Puppets’ rendition of Twelve Days of Christmas!

Can’t you just imagine Turnip’s version?

The 2014 Book Schedule

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

With the new year almost upon us… here are the books you can expect to see from me in 2014:

— March 25, 2014: The Ashford Affair (paperback).

— June 3, 2014: That Summer (hardcover).

— August 5, 2014: The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (aka Pink XI).

Cover for That Summer coming soon!

Ashford Paperback manzanilla

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, December 13th, 2013

My reading round up is sparse this week, but I do have some good news to impart…. Pink XI, aka The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, is DONE! (At least until revisions.)

Here are those triumphant final moments, accompanied by my second venti peppermint mocha of the morning (you know you’re in the final writing push when your coffee is taller than your computer):

Manzanilla ending

And this is what it will look like on August 5, 2014:


I’ll post more about The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla after the holidays, as well as news about my other upcoming books.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Weekly Reading Round-Up.

This week, I read Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which I loved. It reminded me very much of my beloved old Judith McNaught novels, complete with wounded hero, plucky heroine, sweeping emotional highs and lows, and a leavening touch of humor in the form of Lavender the Pig. I am particularly fond of Lavender.

What have you been reading this week?


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

I am thrilled to announce that my publisher is dropping the price of the Mischief of the Mistletoe e-book for the holiday season.

From now until Christmas, you can find Turnip and the gang on Kindle and Nook for the low, low price of $3.99.

For those who prefer paper-y thingies, you can currently find the trade paperback reduced to $6.00.

Spread the word and add Turnip to someone else’s Christmas list!